It is the year of the outsider, the political commentators said. And if you have never held political office, you naturally will be at the head of the pack. But that’s wrong. It’s not about being an outsider. It’s about being entertaining.
The candidates’ split, in the end, is between optimism and pessimism, between those channeling the anger of unhappy voters and those aiming, in the style of the sunny Ronald Reagan, for inspiration and uplift.